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Posted On: Friday, May 5, 2017 09:30 AM, by McKenzie Jerman

Do you know someone who is affected by depression, general anxiety, an eating disorder, or other mental health issue? Because many women on college campuses are affected by mental health challenges, Kappa Alpha Theta started a mental health initiative called Sisters Supporting Sisters. This program is designed to increase the dialog concerning and support for all aspects of mental health, with the goals of creating a safe environment for members to discuss mental health issues, providing guidance for recognizing signs of and helping members with mental health challenges, and supporting members facing mental health challenges and disorders. The two primary services provided are a screening website from Screening for Mental Health and a hotline called Talk One-2-One, provided by the company All One Health. The Talk One-2-One hotline is available to all undergraduate Thetas and their advisors and the screening site is available to anyone. These resources are free due to the generous support of Theta Foundation.

The online screening website is user-friendly and a wonderful resource. The screening reveals if your answers are consistent with a variety of disorders from general anxiety to post-traumatic stress (please note the screenings cannot diagnose). It helped me reflect on the way I had been feeling over the past couple of weeks and suggested articles for me to read to help further my understanding of the complexities of various conditions.

I was able to take the screening as many times as I wanted. It helped provide insight as to how I was feeling and validated my thoughts. I also learned that I could call the Talk One-2-One hotline if I wanted to discuss the results of the screenings or talk about any other apprehensions I had. (The 24-hour hotline is confidential and free of charge for undergraduate Thetas and advisory board members.) It was very reassuring to me to know that there are unbiased counselors with whom I can speak when I feel overwhelmed or anxious. I am grateful to Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation for providing such a wonderful and important resource to myself, advisors, students, and others who are on college campuses.

McKenzie Jerman, Beta Omicron/Iowa, is a first-year educational leadership consultant.

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